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The Virgin Queen (1955)

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Bette Davis had a dualistic career, which I’ve written about in Offscreen. This was her second time to play Elizabeth I and she had already created one of her most startling performances for director Michael Curtiz opposite Errol Flynn in that brilliant Maxwell Anderson adaptation.  16 years along and she does it again in an effective rendering of a screenplay focused on the Irish issue and exploration in the Americas with good support from both Joan Collins and Richard Todd as Walter Raleigh. It’s wonderfully shot and well made under the firm hand of Henry Koster on location in England. A good historical interpretation with Davis giving it her all, as you would expect. The Tudors still exert such fascination.

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